The results are in: Vancouver is officially Canada's top travel destination, according to readers of prestigious travel magazine Travel + Leisure.
Travel + Leisure's annual World's Best Awards survey asks readers to evaluate cities on five characteristics: sights/landmarks, culture/arts, restaurants/food, people and value. Vancouver's score this year was 86.71, making it the top city in Canada and sixth best in North America (U.S. and Canada). And it seems that visitors are growing more enamored with the city every year: in the 2013 survey, Vancouver placed second in Canada and ninth in North America.
Vancouver also swept the World's Best Hotel category with five of the top 10 Canadian hotels located here. Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver captured the title of Canada's premier hotel, followed by Rosewood Hotel Georgia (2), Wedgewood Hotel and Spa (6), The Fairmont Waterfront (7) and Fairmont Pacific Rim (9).
One of North America's leading luxury travel publications, Travel + Leisure has a circulation of more than 900,000 readers worldwide as well as related titles in Mexico, China and other global locales.
"We are exceptionally proud that Vancouver has been so highly lauded by Travel + Leisure magazine," said Bob Lindsay, board chair of Tourism Vancouver, which represents more than 1,000 hotels, restaurants and attractions in the city. "This award is a testament to the high level of service and value visitors receive in Vancouver, as well as our outstanding attractions, hotels, restaurants and transportation."
Vancouver is no stranger to major accolades, consistently ranking among the world's best places to live and visit. In June, Monocle magazine rated Vancouver the top city in North America. Last year, Condé Nast Traveler magazine's Reader's Choice Awards named Vancouver among the top 25 cities in the world to visit. In addition, Stanley Park was recently named best park in the world on TripAdvisor.
Tourism Vancouver's focus is on building exceptional customer relationships with meeting planners, travel influencers, travel media and independent tourists. The organization's brand essence is about "exceeding expectations".